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Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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CSU's Bachelor of Criminal Justice prepares students for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice and related professions.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice prepares students for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice and related professions. Students will also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress to the Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) or to pursue a more generalist criminal justice pathway.

    This course provides an interdisciplinary approach to criminal and social justice issues offering an interesting and varied range of subjects. Graduates will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice as well as honours study and higher research degrees. For those who enter the ADPP via this degree, the aim is to produce highly competent police officers who value integrity, ethical practice and good citizenship.

    CSU’s graduates possess a strong theoretical background relevant to the nature of criminal justice studies, highly developed critical and analytical skills that draw upon the diverse disciplinary backgrounds relevant to criminal justice. Graduates understand the importance of reflexivity and the application of ethics to enable them to practice good citizenship and apply this to professional practice.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of a total of 192 points as follows:

    Core subjects (136 points, 17 subjects)

    Elective subjects (56 points, 7 subjects of which 40 points (5 subjects) are to be taken from the list of electives. The electives have been grouped into areas. Students may chose to take five subjects from a particular area or any five subjects from the list.

    A further 16 points (2 subjects) may be taken from any CSU undergraduate university subject for which the student has adequate assumed knowledge).

    Core Subjects


    JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology
    JST203 Punishment and the State
    JST204 Young People and Crime
    JST205 Criminology: History and Theory
    JST201 Criminal Law and Process
    JST228 Police and the Community
    SOC205 Social Research
    JST220 Gender and Crime
    JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice
    JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society
    JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
    JST337 Crimes of the Powerful
    JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning

    Electives Elective  grouping is provided to guide students who wish to focus their electives in a particular area.

    Justice Studies
    JST226 Introduction to Police Investigations
    JST313 Investigative Interviewing
    JST319 Evidence Law and Procedure
    JST338 Crime, Media, and Culture
    JST339 Sentencing Law and Practice
    SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy

    Welfare
    HCS103 Fields of Practice
    HSC205 Child Abuse and Protection
    HSC310 Mental Health and Mental Disorder
    HSC321 Welfare Practice with Children, Young People and their Carers
    LAW221 Law for Human Services
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    WEL218 Developing Cross-cultural Competencies
    WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling

    History and Politics
    HST211 Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Europe from 1890
    HST213 Australian Civics and Citizenship
    PHL209 Theories of Justice
    POL205 Political Ideas
    POL210 Politics of Identity
    POL213 Australian Government and Politics
    POL303 Organised Crime
    POL305 Politics and the Media

    Psychology (Core - PSY101 Prerequisite)
    PSY102 Foundations of Psychology
    PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (assumed knowledge)
    PSY202 Developmental Psychology (assumed knowledge)
    PSY203 Social Psychology (assumed knowledge)
    PSY304 Psychopathology (assumed knowledge)
    PSY305 Psychology of Personality (assumed knowledge)
    PSY306 Theories of Psychological Intervention (assumed knowledge)

    Psychology (Applied - PSY111 prerequisite)
    PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    PSY211 Psychology of Crime
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    PSY216 Psychology of Aging
    PSY218 Psychology of Substance Abuse
    PSY313 Psychology and the Legal System
    PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma

    Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    SOC203 Sociology of Youth
    SOC212 Class: Images and Reality
    SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
    SOC308 Community Analysis
    SOC314 Organisations, Culture and Society

    Enrolment pattern

    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology
    COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology (or PSY101 for students wanting to take electives from the Psychology Core specialisation)
    JST203 Punishment and the State
    JST204 Young People and Crime
    JST205 Criminology: History and Theory

    Year 2 Session 1 (30)
    JST228 Police and the Community
    JST201 Criminal Law and Process
    SOC205 Social Research
    Restricted Elective (recommended elective for students wanting to apply to the ADPP is JST226 Introduction to Police Investigation)

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    JST220 Gender and Crime
    JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing
    JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice
    JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    JST337 Crimes of the Powerful
    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective
    Open Elective

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning
    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective
    Open Elective

    Part Time
    Year 1 Session 1 (30)
    JST110 Introduction to the Australian Legal System
    COM120 Reasoning, Values and Communication

    Year 1 Session 2 (60)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology
    JST205 Criminology: History and Theory

    Year 2 Session 1 (30)
    JST123 Indigenous Australians and Justice
    SOC101 Introductory Sociology

    Year 2 Session 2 (60)
    JST203 Punishment and the State
    JST204 Young People and Crime

    Year 3 Session 1 (30)
    JST228 Police and the Community
    SOC205 Social Research

    Year 3 Session 2 (60)
    JST220 Gender and Crime
    JST309 Indigenous Issues in Policing

    Year 4 Session 1 (30)
    JST201 Criminal Law and Process
    Restricted Elective (recommended elective for students wanted to apply to the ADPP is JST226 Introduction to Police Investigation)

    Year 4 Session 2 (60)
    JST318 Human Rights and Social Justice
    JST320 Drugs, Crime and Society

    Year 5 Session 1 (30)
    JST337 Crimes of the Powerful
    Restricted Elective

    Year 5 Session 2 (60)
    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective

    Year 6 Session 1 (30)
    Restricted Elective
    Restricted Elective

    Year 6 Session 2 (60)
    JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning
    Open Elective

  • Residential schools

    The following subject may have a residential school component:

    JST313 Investigative Interviewing

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    Standard UAC admission criteria apply for this degree. HSC subjects are not assumed knowledge. There are no professional or other employment requirements.

    Prospective students from regional areas may be guaranteed an offer for fulltime internal study prior to the release of their ATAR by participating in the Principal's Report Entry Program (PREP). The region served by CSU for the application of the PREP scheme is defined as the northern half of Victoria, the ACT and most of regional NSW, apart from the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong areas.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6144*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2350*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2350*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN211897
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYNJAQR
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNEAQR
    DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKARJ
    DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYNNIAQR
    UACOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYN211890
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYNKARB

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the Course Structure and Enrolment Pattern for the course.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    022895G (Bathurst)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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